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Connects theory to reality.

Exploring Marriages and Families uses compelling real-life video interviews, stories, and photos to help connect social theory to reality. Readers learn how social, cultural, and political factors will affect their own decision making in relationships.

Upon finishing this book, readers will understand the relevance of social science to their lives and have a solid theoretical, research-based understanding of marriages and families.

In addition, this book helps readers learn more about their own lives and those of others, how to make better decisions about their relationships, and how social and political forces will affect their decision-making. Integrated video interviews, photos, assessments and stories about real families help readers learn how to apply information to their own lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205017201
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/29/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 442,411
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.07 (d)

Table of Contents

IN THIS SECTION:

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

2. COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Chapter 1: Why Study Families and Other Close Relationships?

Chapter 2: Social Status: Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class

Chapter 3: Building Relationships

Chapter 4: Love and Loving Relationships

Chapter 5: Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships

Chapter 6: Communication, Conflict, and Power in Our Relationships

Chapter 7: Marriage

Chapter 8: Thinking about Parenthood

Chapter 9: Raising Children

Chapter 10: Families and the Work They Do

Chapter 11: Family Stress and Crisis: Violence among Intimates

Chapter 12: The Process of Divorce

Chapter 13: Family Life, Partnering, and Remarriage after Divorce

Chapter 14: Families in Middle and Later Life

Chapter 15: Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish

COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:

PART I: Families and Intimate Relationships: Key Concepts

Chapter 1: Why Study Families and Other Close Relationships?

How Do We Define Family?

The Functions of Families

Theme 1: Linking the Micro- and Macro-Level Perspectives on Families

Theme 2: Families are Always Changing

Theme 3: The Importance of Social Science Theory and Research

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 2: Social Status: Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Social Class

The Link between Private Experiences and Social Structure

Sex, Gender, and Patriarchy

Race and Ethnicity

Social Class

Poverty

The Intersections of Sex, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class

Bringing It Full Circle

PART II: The Foundations of Relationships

Chapter 3: Building Relationships

Singlehood

Friendships

Dating, Courtship, and Mate Selection

Heterosexual Cohabitation

Gay and Lesbian Intimate Relationships

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 4: Love and Loving Relationships

What Is Love?

Love as Attachment

Images of Love in History

Contemporary Ideas about Love

Theoretical Perspectives on Love

How We Experience Love

The Downside to Relationships and Love

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 5: Sexual Identity, Behavior, and Relationships

Overview of Historical and Cultural Influences on Sexuality

Our Sexual Selves: Biology and Culture Intertwined

Sexual Scripts

Gender and Sexual Scripts: The Double Standard

Studying Human Sexuality

Sexual Behaviors

Sexual Expression throughout Our Lives

Sexual Satisfaction in Committed Relationships

Sex as a Social Problem: Sexually Transmitted Infections

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 6: Communication, Conflict, and Power in Our Relationships

The Importance of Communication

The Cultural Context of Communication: Embracing Difference

Types of Communication

Sex Differences in Communication

Communicating to Keep Your Relationships Strong: Self-Disclosure

Conflict, Communication, and Problem Solving

Power, Control, and Decision Making

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 7: Marriage

Marriage: Here, There, and Everywhere

Marriage in U.S. History

What Is Happening to Marriage Today?

The Marriage Premium: Happiness, Health, and Economic Security

Does Marriage Benefit Everyone Equally?

Marital Satisfaction and Success

The Marriage Movement and Covenant Marriage

Peer Marriage

Bringing It Full Circle

PART III: Parents and their Children

Chapter 8: Thinking about Parenthood

Population and Fertility Trends Worldwide

Fertility in the United States

The Costs and Rewards of Raising Children

Remaining Childfree

The Interconnection of Micro and Macro: Childbirth

Other Paths to Parenthood: Adoption

The Transition to Parenthood

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 9: Raising Children

Parenting: It’s Not the Same Everywhere

Socialization: Learning to be Human

Parenting Styles

Mothering

Fathering

How Do Children Influence their Parents?

Parenting and Family Contexts

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 10: Families and the Work They Do

The Changing Dynamics of the Workplace

Life in a Recession

Family Work At Home

Juggling Work and Family Life

Diversity in Families: Why We Chose to Live in Hungary

Who’s Minding the Kids?

Bringing it Full Circle

PART IV: Family Strengths, Challenges, and Reorganization

Chapter 11: Family Stress and Crisis: Violence among Intimates

The Nature of Stress and Crisis

Intimate Partner Violence

Child Abuse and Neglect

Elder Abuse

Explanations for Violence among Intimates

The Public’s Response

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 12: The Process of Divorce

Divorce in the United States

Why Do People Divorce?

Experiencing Divorce

Divorce and Children: Child Support

What Are the Effects of Divorce on Children?

Should Divorce Be More Difficult to Obtain?

The “Good Divorce”

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 13: Family Life, Partnering, and Remarriage after Divorce

Being Single Again

Repartnering after Divorce

Remarriage

Stepfamilies

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamilies

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 14: Families in Middle and Later Life

The Demographic Revolution

Aging in Historical Perspective

Family Transitions

The Aging Couple

Widowhood

Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

Retirement

Health

Bringing It Full Circle

Chapter 15: Looking Ahead: Helping Families Flourish

What Do Families Need to Flourish?

Family Policy

Building Resilience: General Policies and Programs to Support Families

Specific Policies and Programs for Children

Specific Policies and Programs for the Elderly

What Have We Learned?

Bringing It Full Circle

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